Current Work: Director of Community Development, UBC Campus & Community Planning
I have always been fascinated by how places are planned and the profound impacts this has on people’s experiences…sometimes for better, and sometimes for worse. During my undergrad degree in geography, I scratched the surface of urban planning, but it was my time at SCARP where I really got to explore the broader field of planning and what it had to offer me.
I completed my Master’s degree at SCARP in 2003, and since then have been employed by UBC. Since January 2014, I have been Director of Community Development with UBC’s Campus and Community Planning department--a new unit responsible for leading community development initiatives that strengthen and enhance UBC’s vibrant and sustainable community, including supporting the creation of extraordinary campus experiences; building capacity and engagement with new and existing residents; supporting research and experiential learning initiatives; leading sustainability and community engagement initiatives; interfacing with planning and design processes; implementing regulatory processes for management of outdoor events and filming; and managing the U-Pass program. Prior to this, I was Director of Transportation Planning in Campus and Community Planning and was responsible for transportation programs and policies in support of UBC’s sustainable transportation commitments and land use plan objectives. Success during my time as a transportation planner has been recognized through several awards including AMS Just Desserts Award; ACT Canada Leadership in TDM; Australasian Transport Research Forum Best Professional Practice Paper; and the W.H. Curtis Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement on U-Pass Administration. As a practitioner, I find myself working in a wide variety of projects with multiple interests and diverse stakeholder groups. My time at SCARP was invaluable in teaching me, among other things the importance of meaningful participatory planning processes, and the responsibility that a planner has to the public interest, something that I continually apply in my professional practise today.